With the New Year here, you are probably making New Year’s resolutions about your health and career. But this is also a good time to make some New Year’s resolutions about your home’s HVAC system.
… After all, your HVAC system influences just how comfortable you and your family are all year ‘round, so doesn’t it make sense to set some goals that will contribute to your family’s comfort?
Resolution #1 – Eliminate The Mystery
An HVAC system is complex and should only be maintained by a licensed professional. However, that doesn’t mean that you can ignore it completely. Get to know the various parts of your HVAC system. Understand what model it is and which brand it is. Find out how to turn it off if needed and which circuits on your circuit board are connected to your system. Be sure to check if it has been serviced before, by whom and when. Keep that information handy so you can call them if there is ever an issue that you need them to resolve.
Resolution #2 – Get It Serviced
Your HVAC system should be serviced regularly by a licensed professional. The exact frequency might vary by the brand or model but a good rule of thumb is to have someone look at your HVAC system twice a year. So why not write it into your calendar right now while you’re planning other parts of your year? Simply write in the name and contact information of your friendly HVAC professional, then call them up and book it.
Resolution #3 – Clean Or Replace Your Filters
Your HVAC system contributes to easy breathing… when the filters are clean. But when they are dirty? More dirty air blows through your home and can cause allergies. As well, a dirty filter makes your HVAC system less efficient (and more costly to run). So, set an appointment with yourself in your calendar to clean your filter every month and replace it every 3 months. You’ll breathe easier!
Resolution #4 – Have Your Ducts Cleaned
Your home’s ductwork runs through your walls so you probably don’t think about it… but it delivers fresh air to the various rooms of your home. You probably don’t realize that your ducts can become very dusty and dirty, which will contribute to even worse allergies (even if your filter has been cleaned!) Therefore, have your ducts cleaned twice a year so you can breathe easier all year ‘round. In fact, why not schedule that into your calendar right now, too? Simply write 2 scheduled reminders—one for the spring and one for the fall—to have a duct cleaning company clean up your ducts.
Eat right. Exercise. Take up yoga. Walk the dog more often. Those are common New Year’s resolutions. But don’t forget about these HVAC resolutions that you can set for your life, which will have a noticeable impact on your health, comfort, safety, and happiness as you enjoy your home throughout the year. Commit to these resolutions right now, while you are reading this, and it will be the best HVAC year of your life!